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  • St Petersburg
  • See the many treasures of the Hermitage, one of the world's best art galleries.

  • Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, the city's first permanent building.

  • See the Catherine Palace and marvel at the phenomenal wealth of the Tsars.

  • Explore the beautiful canals and grand buildings of one of the world's prettiest cities.

Audley Travel specialist John

What our specialists say...

For those with limited time to fully explore Russia, St Petersburg makes for a fantastic long weekend break. Four days will give you a good taste of this beautiful city. You’ll explore the treasures of the Hermitage with a private guide, take a self-guided walking tour of the city’s main sights such as the Church on the Spilled Blood, and visit the gilded behemoth of Catherine Palace in the Tsars’ Village. Our specialists know and love St Petersburg, often considered to be Russia’s unofficial cultural capital, and they’ll help design your weekend to make the most of your time there.

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 St Petersburg

International outbound flight , St Petersburg

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to St Petersburg. On arriving at the airport you're met by your guide and driven by private transfer to your centrally located hotel. This evening we suggest walking along the canal outside your hotel to the Moika Kempinski. We can make a dinner reservation for you at the Bellevue Brasserie on the top floor, where you look out over the city's rooftops, spires and domes.

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Day 2 St Petersburg

St Petersburg

This morning your private guide and driver will escort you on a half day panoramic tour of the city, including a visit to St Isaac's Cathedral. If you have a head for heights, climb the 300-odd steps to the top of the colonnade overlooking the city. You'll also visit the Peter and Paul Fortress. Your guide will explain the history surrounding this building in the heart of the city, and how it featured in the Revolution. In the afternoon your guide accompanies you on a walking tour to explore the highlights of the Hermitage art museum. Your tour lasts at least a couple of hours, but we suggest lingering longer. You may wish to visit the small ballet theatre where Catherine the Great once watched performances.

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Day 3 St Petersburg

St Petersburg

Today is at your leisure to continue exploring St Petersburg under your own steam. We suggest following our tried-and-tested walking route. Among other sights, it takes you past the Church on the Spilled Blood with its striking kaleidoscopic onion domes, a style known as Romantic Nationalism.

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Day 4 International return flight

St Petersburg , International return flight

This morning your private guide and driver pick you up from your hotel. You'll drive out of the city to spend a few hours exploring the sumptuous Catherine Palace, before transferring to the airport for your return flight. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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The specialist who designs your trip to Russia will have explored the country many times and, in some cases, lived there. Their first-hand knowledge gives us the belief that no other travel company can match our expertise in helping you plan your trip. Your dedicated specialist will take the time to understand your preferences and build them into an itinerary to match, working to your budget. He or she will keep perfecting it until you’re completely happy and ready to book.

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